Xenia Hadjioannou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Office Phone
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Olmsted Building, W331
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W 331 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057

    Xenia Hadjioannou is associate professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Harrisburg campus of Penn State University. A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Hadjioannou holds a bachelor degree in the Sciences of Education from the University of Cyprus; a master of Education from the University of Florida; and a Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum (specialization: Language Arts/Literacy) also from the University of Florida. Prior to moving to Penn State Harrisburg in 2017, Dr. Hadjioannou worked at Penn State Lehigh Valley for several years. Dr. Hadjioannou’s work has appeared in various scholarly journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, the Early Education and Development Journal, Current Issues in Language Planning, Classroom Discourse and Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Her book "Translanguaging for Emergent Bilinguals: Inclusive Teaching in the Linguistically Diverse Classroom" (with D. Fu and X. Zhou) was published by Teachers College Press in 2019. In addition, she has served as proposal co-author and administrative team member for two hybrid professional development programs funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA – U.S. Department of Education): (a) the Modular Design for English Language Learner (MODELL) Instruction Program (total award: 1.3 million dollars) and (b) and Collaborative Teaching for English Language Learners (CTELL) (total award: 1.6 million dollars).


    Research Interests

    Dr. Hadjioannou’s research is theoretically informed by social constructivist theories and by Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism. Her work focuses on the study of classroom discourse and particularly the examination of speech genres that support student thinking and learning; the analysis of exemplary practices in the language arts classroom; and the preparation of teachers to effectively work with diverse students, including English Learners.


    SELECTED SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS. For a full list of publications, please refer to the CV linked under the Bio tab.


    Fu, D., Hadjioannou, X. & Zhou, X. (2019). Translanguaging for Emergent Bilinguals: Reality, Challenges and Directions for the Future. Teachers College Press.

    -Journal Articles-

    Hadjioannou, X. & Bandré, P. (2018). Planting and nurturing the seeds of story: Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann. Journal of Children’s Literature, 44(2), p. 74-79.

    Tsiplakou, S., Ioannidou, E. & Hadjioannou, X. (2018). Capitalizing on linguistic variation in Greek Cypriot education. Linguistics and Education, 45, 62-71. doi:10.1016/j.linged.2018.03.006.

    Hutchinson, M & Hadjioannou, X. (2017). The morphing assessment terrain for English learners in US schools. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 16 (1), 110-126.

    Hadjioannou, X., Hutchinson, M. & Hockman, M. (2016). Addressing the needs of 21st century teachers working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. CATESOL Journal, 28 (2), 1-29.

    Hadjioannou, X. & Townsend, J. (2015). Examining booktalks to shed light on authentic classroom discussion. Classroom Discourse, 6 (3), 198-220.

    Hadjioannou, X. & Hutchinson, M. (2014). Fostering awareness through transmediation: Preparing pre-service teachers for critical engagement with multicultural literature. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 16 (1), 1-20.

    -Contributions to Books-

    Hutchinson, M. & Hadjioannou, X. (2019/in press). Fidelity of Practice: The Challenge of Transformative Change in Teacher Professional Development. In A. Lopez & E. Olan (Eds.) The Challenges of Transformative Change in Teacher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

    Hadjioannou, X. & Shelton, N.R. (2018). Teaching Young Readers Using Nonfiction Texts. In V. Yenika-Agbaw, L.A. Huddock, & R. Lowery (Eds.) Does Nonfiction Equate Truth?: Rethinking Disciplinary Boundaries through Critical Literacy, (p.35-46). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

    -Book Reviews-

    Colabucci, L., Day, D., Hadjioannou, X., Napoli, M., Suzuki, T. & Ward, B. (in press). Children’s book reviews: Celebrating and honoring personal heritage and identity. The Dragon Lode, 37(1).

    Colabucci, L., Day, D., Hadjioannou, X., Suzuki, T., & Ward, B. (2018). Children's Book Reviews: War and its aftermath. The Dragon Lode, 36(2), 31-36.


    Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum (Specialization: Language Arts/Literacy), University of Florida, Gainesville

    M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Specialization: Educational Psychology), University of Florida, Gainesville

    B.S. in the Sciences of Education (Elementary Education), University of Cyprus, Nicosia

    Course Schedule
    Dr. Hadjioannou works with pre- and in-service teachers through a variety of courses on language and literacy methodology.